The Agency of Natural Resources does not administer Act 250 permits. For Act 250 questions, please contact the Natural Resources Board.
NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD ACT 250 DATABASE
Act 250 is administered by the Natural Resources Board (NRB). The NRB is independent from the ANR and has nine district commissions that review Act 250 applications and issue decisions and land use permits. Coordinators for each Commission work out of regional offices around the state. The Agency of Natural Resources is a statutory party and participates in the Act 250 process. Permit information is available to the public through the NRB's Act 250 database. Currently, the database only contains information associated with permit applications received after January 1, 2002. Permit information earlier than 2002 can be obtained by contacting the Act 250 District Offices.
Agency of Natural Resources Act 250 Agendas
The Agency of Natural Resources develops a weekly agenda listing all new Act 250 permit applications for the week. This Agenda is compiled independently from the Natural Resources Board and is intended for internal staff use only. The weekly agendas are available to the public as a resource and archived at the link below. If you have questions regarding a project listed on the Agenda, please contact the Natural Resources Board.
Act 250, Vermont's land use and development control law, considers a development's effect on:
- town & regional plans
- necessary wildlife habitat
- town & regional growth
- primary agricultural soils
- municipalities & governmental services
- historic & archeological sites
- energy & water conservation
- air & water quality
- streams & shorelines
- educational facilities
- public investments
- endangered species
- soil erosion
- waste disposal
- water supplies
- forest soils
- natural areas
- earth resources
The first digit of the application number indicates the district where a project is located. District Coordinators can answer questions about specific projects or general questions about Act 250.
As of January 31, 2005 all appeals from District Environmental Commission (Act 250) decisions and District Coordinator Jurisdictional Opinions will be heard by the expanded Environmental Court. All appeals from permitting decisions of the Agency of Natural Resources will also be heard by the Environmental Court, as well as local land use decisions.